Daily Light from the Lighthouse
"For which is easier to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'?"
Matthew 9 is like the who's who of healing stories. Numerous miracles just pour from the words of this rich chapter. A man with paralysis is completely healed and walks away with his bed under his arms. The tragic story of a little girl that had died was transformed to a story of triumph as Jesus brought her back to life. A woman who had felt the pain of illness along with the contempt from those around her was wholly restored when she touched only the hem of Jesus' garment. Two men who could not see anything but darkness were healed and looked upon the Light of Jesus Christ. Another man had lost his ability to speak and was controlled by the demonic forces of hell was released from his spiritual bondage and for the first time spoke aloud praise to the Almighty. The chapter ends with scores of people being changed by the miracle working power of God.
Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe that God is able to change all things according to His will so that He might receive the glory that is due Him? Perhaps you think that God doesn't work this way any more. God does miracles from time to time, but He chooses to simply let things be as they would. It is this very mindset that has caused much of Christianity to miss out on two things.
First, many are missing out on the miracle that they need to see God do today. Faith has been sacrificed on the altar of rationalization. We have determined that what we cannot explain or fathom is impossible. There are many that believe the miracles recorded throughout the Bible which are astounding, but they cannot believe that God could do or would do the miracle that they need in their lives right now. Why? Has God changed in who He is or how He works? The God of the Bible is the God whom we worship today, and His power and compassion have not diminished at all. The prayer of our hearts should match that of the disciples when they said, "Lord, increase our faith."
Second, the greatest miracle that is ever performed is when a life is transformed by the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Lame legs that are given strength are nothing compared to the soul that was lost and is now found. The miracle of blind eyes seeing the light of day is small compared to the heart that was blind but now looking upon the Light of Christ. A little girl being raised up from her death bed is astounding, but it cannot hold a candle to the miracle of a soul that was once dead experiencing new life through the breath of the Holy Spirit. Our God is a miracle working God that is able to transform not only the broken physical things of this world but especially the spiritual things that need His touch.
May you experience a miracle of God today!